Off Lisinopril, now on Losarton. I feel YUK!

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I recently came off Lisinopril 2.5 mg owing to the dry cough. (Lisinopril was fine apart from the cough). GP has now prescribed Losartan 25 mg and I have been taking this for six days. However, I feel awful - no energy, tired, some aches and pains, occasionally nauseous and generally YUK. Totally unlike my normal state.

The Losartan is working in that my BP readings are fine and within the normal range. I still have a cough, and have lots of catarrh - but this may be the nasty cough/catarrh virus that seems to be 'going around' in many places.

I know that we are all different, and respond to different medication in different ways, but can others recommend alternative ARBs in the 'artan' range that have fewer no energy/fatigue/'flu like side effects.

Thank you.

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  • Posted

    My friend was given Candesartan which apparently suits her.

    I had the cough problem with Ramipril & my GP gave me Bendroflumethiazide instead.

    I do take Losartan with no side effects such as the ones you mention

    I take




    & later in the day, Losartan

    I can tolerate these drugs, though when I first started taking them at all, I felt very washed out but I imagine I have just got used to taking them now

    What drugs do you take?

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      I take only Losartan 25 mg as a prescribed medication. I take paracetamol occasionally for various aches and pains, and catarrh cough pastilles for the catarrh/cough virus - all purchased over the counter in pharmacy or supermarket.

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    Hi, 6 days does not give the drug a chance, and, as you say, you may well have the bug going round. wait till you are better. If the bug is what is going round here in the midlands, uk, its a bad one, i felt awful, like a bad flu , really very ill, and a severe sinus headache etc , lasted over 2 weeks, So do not change drugs just yet, wait at least 3 more weeks

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      Hi Annie, I live in South Oxfordshire, UK, so our local bug is probably the same as your one; unless they breed a particularly virulent bug in your area. (Which part of the Midlands are you in? Hubby is from Wolverhampton). 😃

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    I too am on Losartan 50mg for about 1 1/2 years. IDK if its the drug but I too feel terrible, lightheadedness, tired all the time and arm are sore on and off. My symptoms had gotten worse over the last year. In fact over $60000 in med cost to find out what is going on. My cardiologist won't change or do anymore tests. I just saw him last week and he did ECK. All was normal and he said go home.

    Hope you find an answer.

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      Yep USA. Drs have done stress test, angiogram (only one artery at 70% all others stent), MRI on sinus, MRI on head, MRI on cervical (c4 is pinching spinal cord) went in to Physical Therapy for 6 sessions. Sleep deprivation test. Carpal tunnel test. Complete eye exam. Numerous blood tests. 3 different trips to ER and numerous Dr appointments for referrals

      Nothing abnormal.

      I even went to dentist.

      Thank goodness for insurance. I would pay the $60000 if they would fine whats wrong but I'm not Lucky.

      I'm going to keep pressing the Drs. I've gotten them to refer me to a big university med school. Maybe they can find something.

      Good luck to you

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    Benicar ( olmesartan )

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